I am the coordinator that worked with our students to bring Karith to campus. Working with Karith was a dream. She is so easy to work and communicate with. Her professionalism and demeanor was great. She was so calm and collected during the process of getting her to campus, going through our tech check the day of and her meeting with the small group of students at lunch before the program was a great success.
The presentation was timely on our campus. Her presentation skills and ability to relate to the audience she is performing to are totally professional.
My take away was that we need more dialogue on the subject of stereotyping, especially to the students of today. Our campus has a great Diversity and Inclusion Effort as part of its mission and I have engaged in it. I hope to keep the conversation going and improve and enlarge its scope.
UVUSA Senate Coordinator
UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
I think that everyone can benefit from the information that Karith shares with her audience. It is imperative in such a culturally diverse world that we live in today to understand that no two people are alike, in any way - and that is truly a beautiful thing. It is important to have this conversation about our natural unconscious bias, something that people, especially here in the south, often struggle with on a day-to-day basis. The biggest takeaway from this presentation is the importance of eliminating those predetermined beliefs about certain groups of people, and educating yourself on diversities and overall being more caring and responsive towards others. Karith is such down-to-earth and relatable speaker, it makes it that much easier to engage in the discussion and be receptive to the message presented.
East Carolina University Student Activities Board Initiatives Chair
The South Dakota Safety Council recently invited Karith to be a keynote speaker at our 26th Annual Safety & Health Conference in Sioux Falls on October 3, 2018. Our attendee feedback strongly showed they truly enjoyed and appreciated hearing from Karith on her Stereotyped 101 presentation. Diversity, inclusion, harassment and other tough topics are never a comfortable discussion to have, and oftentimes difficult to understand, in the workplace and beyond. But Karith put it into perspective and showed how individuals can have healthy discussions and be understanding of others without it being a confrontational or uncomfortable situation. Karith’s use of humor was a great way for attendees to learn about and develop strategies to deal with these topics. I am already on the lookout for other opportunities to bring Karith back as a speaker for our organization. I would highly recommend Karith for your next conference, meeting or event.
– Janie Ritter,
Executive Director, South Dakota Safety Council
I was privileged to have a role in setting up the event with Karith. She was great to work with, so patient and easy-going. She gave a very professional and humorous presentation and had a great dialogue with the students. Karith's talk was relevant and relatable. She doesn't just talk about ethnic or racial diversity, but also about socioeconomic diversity. Karith talks about diversity in a loving way.
Mackenzie Prows, Student Leader
Legal Studies Major, Event Planning Minor
Utah Valley University
“We invited Karith for our Diversity Coalition’s Kick-Off Week. We chose [Stereotyped 101] to help introduce the coalition to campus because of its unique approach of using humor to foster dialogue on respect and equality for human differences.”
“Her program was not only entertaining but educational. It was thought provoking and challenged participants to evaluate their behaviors and beliefs about difference. The material was well-received by students, faculty and staff alike.”
Director of Leadership and Diversity
“Karith did such an amazing job bringing joy and laughter to so many people who have been front row to the pain and suffering of the illness of substance use disorders while driving home a powerful and positive message to all.”
Access Counseling Group
CEO of Access Counseling Group
“Feedback from our audience, women ranging from college interns to heads of corporations, has been overwhelmingly positive.”
“Your style, wit, intelligence, and charm was exactly what the doctor ordered.”
New York Women in Communications Foundation
Student Affairs Committee Member
"Karith Foster is my nominee for “Presenter of the Year”! Karith spoke to a packed room of moderately disgruntled college students. The room was hot and they were really only interested in the pizza being given out at the end of her presentation on, “Diversity”; a topic which is very often perceived as boring. Within seconds Karith had them fully engaged. Her sense of humor captured the greatest critics. Through her humor a very delicate, often painful topic was delivered with dignity, class and laughter. Karith leaves the stage with a strong message of hope that everyone should hear."
Gail H. Murphy
Florida SouthWestern State College
"I believe any person would benefit from her talk, no matter their age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, education level or political beliefs. However, I think this topic is particularly beneficial for college students, faculty and administrators. College administrators and faculty are responsible for cultivating an environment in which students grow in many ways, including thought. However, our college campuses currently preach diversity of every kind - except diversity of thought. This talk is important for students who deal with suppression of free speech on a daily basis, but also for administrators and faculty who are the ones responsible for constructing the sheltered culture in which we live.
I had a lot of takeaways from Karith’s presentation. She’s brilliant and hilarious. It’s particularly interesting how she has used her platform to promote free speech, when many in the industry prefer to either stay silent (at best) or actively oppose free speech (at worst.) That’s not to say she’s the only one, but she’s certainly one of a select few who are strong and brave enough to go against the grain. One takeaway is that her use of humor to promote free speech is one of the best ways to tackle the issue, because oftentimes comedy allows us to talk about difficult topics that we otherwise would not.
Karith was a pleasure to work with. We had no issues getting everything set up and running.
I thought Karith’s speech was a great experience. I learned a lot, and I know that the others in attendance did, too. I wish that every person could hear this talk, but especially everyone who attends college or works on a college campus. Her knowledge on so many issues and her comedic presence affords her the unique opportunity to be an agent of true change in the way that our generation thinks about free speech."
“You were able to talk about race, gender, sex, weight loss, religion, parenting, dealing with parents, etc, to a room with a mix of races, religions, sexual orientations, not to mention various weights and sizes.”
Ohr HaTorah Synagogue
Rabbi Modecai Finley,Ph.D.